Professor

Tara Browner

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Easiness 2.5 / 5
Clarity 3.8 / 5
Workload 3.5 / 5
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5
Most Helpful Review
I had her for Music History 63: The History of Bach, and she taught a 163 class at the same time, but they had a different section and more assignments than the regular class. It was her first time teaching the class so there were a lot of things that could have been better, but the class wasn't that difficult at all. It was a GE so a lot of people were taking it for GE credit and she knew that so I think she made the class a little easier to accomodate all of them. Basically we had two five page papers which were due 8th week and 10th week, which I thought was really bad planning. The first one was a book report on a 300 page book Evening in the Palace of Reason. We had to write a three page summary of the book and then a two page critique. The second paper was a compare contrast between two different versions (one by Karl Richter and the other by John Eliot Gardiner) of the same cantata written by Bach. It was actually pretty easy and we got all the answers in discussion. So it wasn't that difficult at all, it just took a little while. For the midterm she gave you a review sheet in discussion. Basically for the midterm there were like fifteen or so pieces by Bach that we had to listen to and identify five on the midterm. She would play them over the loud speaker and you'd have to write it down in the bluebook. Which seems hard, but it actually really wasn't. She gave you all the ones that would be on the test, you just had to listen to them. Then, she gave us eight words in discussion (musical styles like organ chorale prelude, concerto gross, etc.) that we needed to define, name a piece/ example that Bach wrote in that style, what was going on in his life when he wrote it, and what influences he had. It was pretty easy, the example was always from the listening. You would do a little bit in discussion and discuss it with your classmates and whatever you didn't finish you'd have to do outside of class, but you were allowed to use wikipedia and it really wasn't that hard to come up with all the facts. For the final it was pretty much the same thing except it was only two words: cantata and passion or mass in B minor. You got to pick between passion or mass in B minor. Then we had fifteen more listening, but she only picks five to be on the test. She also gave us five extra credit points on our final grade for going to a Bach concert in Powell. It was only an hour or so and all you had to do was sit there and get your program signed at the end. She grades the class on a 100 point scale. So the midterm and final are each worth 30 points, the two papers are worth 20, making it all add up to 100. So basically if you lose a point on the midterm and get a 29/30 then you can only get a 99 in the class. If you want an A you can't lose more than 10 points, (15 if she does the extra credit assignment). Overall it wasn't an impossible class. I took the class for a GE and I got an A.
Easiness N/A / 5
Clarity N/A / 5
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